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Colombian singer Maluma is growing in international prowess by the second, completing his recent European Tour on Oct. 12 with 15,000 people at Live Park in Tel Aviv, Israel. Along the way, the 23-year-old played to at least 139,000 fans in total across 16 cities (Maluma had planned to embark on 17 shows total during this leg, but his gig at Rome's Atlantico Live in Rome was cancelled due to capacity concerns), getting a visit from fellow international superstars and being joined on stage by some Latin music greats -- and Billboard has photos from some of the biggest moments.
During Maluma's Sept. 17 stop in Barcelona, soccer megastar and six-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner (given to the best player in the world for that playing year) Lionel Messi was in attendance with his Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez. ""Aquí en conversaciones para ver si cambiamos papeles!," Maluma captioned an Instagram pic of himself and Messi, which translates to "in conversations to see if we change papers" meaning the two were joking about trading jobs.
Maluma also had the chance to meet Manchester City soccer star Sergio (el Kun) Aguero while on tour, even getting a chance to do some fanboying of his own by having him sign a jersey. And continuing the soccer streak, the singer also got up-close-and-personal with David Ospina, the goalkeeper for the Colombian National Team, whom Maluma referred to as "Mi hermano" in an Instagram post on Sept. 27.
There were some special onstage moments during the European trek as well, with Maluma inviting Puerto Rican urban singer Noriel and Colombian ballenato singer Felipe Peláez for their guest spots on "Cuatro Babys" and "Vivo Pensando en Ti," respectively, during his show in Madrid on Sept. 20.
"After the tour wrapped on Oct. 12, estimates of attendance per show on Maluma's European leg were provided to Billboard. Check out the impressive numbers, further proving Maluma's rise to international superstardom:
Sept. 8 -- Tenerife (Recinto Portuario): 8,000
Sept. 9 -- Gran Canaria (Anexo Estadio de Gran Canario): 8,000
Sept. 13 -- Bilbao (Bilbao Exhibition Centre): 7,000
Sept. 17 - Barcelona (Palacio Sant Jordi ): 12,000
Sept. 20 - Madrid (Wizink Center): 14,000
Sept. 22 - Murcia (Plaza de Toros): 10,000
Sept. 23 - Malaga (Auditorio Municipal): 9,000
Sept. 24 - Sevilla (Auditorio Rocio Jurado): 8,000
Sept. 26 - London (Shepherd’s Bush Empire): 3,000
Sept. 28 - Amsterdam (AFAS Live): 6,000
Sept. 30 - Paris (Le Zenith): 7,000
Oct. 2 - Dusseldorf (Iss Dome): 7,000
Oct. 3 - New ULM (Retiopharm Arena): 8,000
Oct. 6 - Milan (Pala Yamamay): 9,000
Oct. 7 - Naples (Palapartenope): 8,000
Oct. 8 - Rome (Atlantico Live): CANCELLED due to Rome Cultural Department cutting down capacity due to venue being oversold
Oct. 12 - Tel Aviv, Israel (Live Park): 15,000